Ever find yourself in the infinite limbo of procrastination? It goes something like this…
Does the housework *really* need to be done, or are the breakfast dishes from this morning are on the side? (hint: they can wait!)
Did you find anything on Pinterest that you want to do? (or did you just overwhelm yourself with comparisonitis?)
Here’s the thing – creativity isn’t always easy. Sometimes it can feel more like a chore. Like any chore, we start to make excuses why we can’t do them. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes it’s a case of priorities – like picking the kids up from school. Other times, it’s just our way of procrastinating – pretending those dishes need to be done NOW rather than 20 minutes of crochet. They really don’t – no-one is going to die if they are still there tonight when you wash up after dinner. Promise.
A very good friend of mine will spend HOURS ‘clearing’ the yard. Seriously, that yard is utterly spotless, it doesn’t need anything, besides a spot of weeding and a monthly sweep. Yet it is her way of avoiding creativity – she freely admits this – whether she cant be arsed with the clearing up after or doesn’t have a clue what she wants to paint. It’s her way of procrastinating.
We spend our time convincing ourselves that creative time is a ‘nice to have’ – a luxury – like a shampoo that makes you orgasm…
IT’S A FUCKING MYTH!
Washing your hair, like creativity is an ESSENTIAL aspect of our well being, not a luxury
So what do we do about this procrastination?
Step 1 – recognise it!
You may well be reading this because you can relate to my concept of the infinite loop of procrastination. Knowing what your procrastination tactics are helps you get a handle on things. Bullet journals and habit tracking are HUGE right now simply tracking your activity can help you find out what activities you are using to procrastinate. The last time I did one, I found around 14 hours a week!!! (if you sign up to my mailing list below, you will get access to 4 exclusive trackers and a tonne of other useful things! HINT HINT!)
What about when you sit down to create… and nothing comes! This can be the most frustrating thing on the PLANET, more so than waiting for the next season of Orange is the New Black or Game of Thrones. You want to be productive sooo much, but it just ain’t coming (or it all looks like mud!) Don’t despair, that’s how you learn more about products, style, colour mixing and more.
Take a breath. Some creativity is better than none. Glue down some paper, choose your next knit. You don’t have to force it and not every session will produce a Monet-style masterpiece.
Step 2 – Work with it.
Your creative instinct is there, but like a blocked artery (classy analogy, I know) you need to give it space to flow. Don’t try and force it, look for other creative avenues that feel productive to you. Colouring books and cross stitch are my favourites, they require very little space or supplies and have a pre-defined structure so I don’t have to think. It’s like introducing a stent to that artery, putting some additional support in place to allow your inspiration to flow freely once more.